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IS <Infinite Stratos> (IS〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉 IS <Infinitto Sutoratosu>?) is a Japanese light novel series by Izuru Yumizuru with illustrations provided by Okiura for volumes 1-7 and CHOCO for volumes 8 and onwards (as well as the re-release of 1-7 with new covers). As of April 2011, 7 volumes have been published by Media Factory under their MF Bunko J label. Volume 8 will be published by OVERLAP. A manga adaptation by Kenji Akahoshi started serialization in the seinen manga magazine Monthly Comic Alive on May 27, 2010. An anime adaptation aired in Japan from January 6 to March 31, 2011.
In the near future, a Japanese scientist engineers a powered exoskeleton called "Infinite Stratos" (IS). Possessing technology and combat capabilities far more advanced than any other weapon system, the IS threatens to destabilize the world. Faced with such an overpowering weapon, the nations of the world enact the "Alaska Treaty", which states that IS will never be used for military combat and that existing IS technology must be equally distributed to all nations, to prevent any one nation for dominating the others. The introduction of the IS does however have a major effect on society. As IS can only be operated by women, the power balance between men and women is broken, with women coming to dominate society over men.
Ten years after the first IS were introduced, the world has entered a new age of peace. The peace is shattered, however, by an unexpected discovery. A 15 year old Japanese boy, named Ichika Orimura, is discovered to be capable of operating an IS. Realizing the potential, Ichika is forced by the Japanese government to attend the prestigious Infinite Stratos Academy, an international academy where IS pilots from all over the world are trained. Thus his busy school life surrounded by girls begins.
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Ichika Orimura (織斑 一夏, Orimura Ichika)
The main protagonist of the Infinite Stratos series. A normal japanese teenage boy, untill it is discovered that he can manipulate an IS which could only be used by women. This event triggered his admission into IS Academy. He is the pilot of the 3rd-4th Generation IS [Byakushiki]
Houki Shinonono (篠ノ之 箒, Shinonono Houki)
One of the protagonists of Infinite Stratos, a 1st year student of the IS Academy and the 1st childhood friend of Ichika. She is the 1st heroine to be introduced in the Infinite Stratos series. Doesn't have a personal IS in the beginning. But later comes into possession of the 4th Generation IS [Akatsubaki]
Cecilia Alcott (セシリア オルコット, Seshiria Orukotto)
Another protagonist of Infinite Stratos, a 1st year student of the IS Academy and the IS Representative Cadet of England. She is the 2nd heroine to be introduced to the Infinite Stratos series. She pilots the 3rd Generation IS [Blue Tears]
Lingyin Huang (凰 鈴音, Huang Lingyin or Ling (鈴, Rin, pet name)
Also a protagonist of Infinite Stratos, a 1st year student of the IS Academy and the 2nd childhood friend of Ichika. She is a transfer student, the IS Representative Cadet of China and Class Representative of Class Two. Lingyin is the 3rd heroine to be introduced to the Infinite Stratos series. Hers is the 3rd Generation IS [ShenLong]
A 1st year transfer student at the IS Academy and supposedly the second male capable of using an IS. IS Representative Cadet from France. Seems to harbor secrets. Uses the 2nd Generation IS [Raphael-Revive Custom II]
Laura Bodewig (ラウラ ボーデヴィッヒ, Raura Bōdevihhi)
The most recent 1st year transfer student at the IS Academy and is the IS Representative Cadet of Germany. She was the first antagonist of the novel, before becoming an ally of Ichika. She commands the 3rd Generation IS [Schwarzer Regen]
Chifuyu Orimura (織斑 千冬, Orimura Chifuyu)
Ichika's older sister, and is currently his homeroom teacher, and also the first year dorm supervisor. She was the former Mondo Grosso champion before retiring and is also a close friend to the IS creator, Tabane Shinonono. Her IS was the 1st Generation IS [Kurezakura], but it seems she had another one before that...
Maya Yamada (山田 真耶, Yamada Maya)
A teacher at the IS Academy and an assistant homeroom teacher of Chifuyu Orimura. She was also a former Japanese IS Representative Cadet. She uses the 2nd Generation IS [Raphael-Revive].
Dan Gotanda (五反田 弾, Gotanda Dan)
Dan is a close friend of Ichika's back from their days in middle school. Older brother of Ran Gotanda.
Ran Gotanda (五反田 蘭, Gotanda Ran)
Ran is Dan's younger sister and is currently attending a private girls' school. She is in her third year of middle school and is the student council president. Ran apparently has feelings for Ichika.
Tabane Shinonono (篠ノ之 束, Shinonono Tabane)
Houki's older sister and the creator of the IS. An eccentric super Genius. Tabane is a very energetic person and runs around like a happy kid. She often refers herself as "Tabane the Genius". She is very fond of the people she loves and would hug them as many times as she feels like. Seems to have a flair for cosplay and is currently the only person capable of making IS cores as well as producing the 4th Generation IS machines.
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The IS <Infinite Stratos> series by Izuru Yumizuru
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- Novel Illustrations
- Chapter 1: But Weirdness Happens Daily - Strange Days Again
- Chapter 2: The Name of the Strongest Champion in the World - Byunhilde
- Chapter 3: The Separation and Dismantling of the Worlds - World Purge
- Chapter 4: The Tea Party at the Secret Garden
- Epilogue: The Knight who rests amidst the Forest of Sakuras
Blu-Ray DVD 1 Story (Full Text)
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- IS〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉 (Infinite Stratos) Volume 1 (May 25, 2009, ISBN 978-4-8401-2788-2)
- IS〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉 (Infinite Stratos) Volume 2 (August 25, 2009, ISBN 978-4-8401-2870-4)
- IS〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉 (Infinite Stratos) Volume 3 (December 25, 2009, ISBN 978-4-8401-3086-8)
- IS〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉 (Infinite Stratos) Volume 4 (March 25, 2010, ISBN 978-4-8401-3179-7)
- IS〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉 (Infinite Stratos) Volume 5 (June 25, 2010, ISBN 978-4-8401-3428-6)
- IS〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉 (Infinite Stratos) Volume 6 (December 24, 2010, ISBN 978-4-8401-3516-0)
- IS〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉 (Infinite Stratos) Volume 7 (April 8, 2011, ISBN 978-4-8401-3856-7)
- IS〈インフィニット・ストラトス〉 (Infinite Stratos) Volume 8 (April 25, 2013, ISBN 978-4-906866-12-0) (Special CD Edition: ISBN 978-4-906866-04-5)